LED Lighting help needed

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  1. Quinna

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    Ok so basically I want to build my own LED light fixture for a tank I'm designing to build.

    The tank I'm planning is going to be quite shallow, dimensions are 113cm L X 53cm W X 32cm H

    But I have a few questions:
    Would LED's work on this type of tank, and what Wattage of bulbs do I need to get for a tank this size?
    was thinking of having a mixed reef at the end of the day (when I'm more experienced that is)
     
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    I have seen that a lot of people say 50/50 between white and royal blue. Use 3watt bulbs and then i have seen people use 10watt and up clusters of leds. Then you can add uv and other colours like purple, green and red. I dont know the technical stuff behind drivers etc but i know @Henkie built his own
     
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    You can defiantly go LED.

    Firstly what's your budget?
    Secondly for that size tank id recommend using a bunch of 3w led's to get a better spread as you tank is shallow you wont need secondary lenses and multichip led's and clusters will only make your build more expensive.

    50/50 mix of warm white and royal blue will be sufficient

    you could most likely get away with 30 x 3w cree led's spread over a surface area 90cm x 25cm
     
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    Quick question. Doesnt warm white give a yellowish look? Shouldnt one use cool white?
     
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    the royal blues cancel out the yellow look. and warm white means you dont need to play with reds green etc ;)
     
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    Cool. Now i know as well
     
  8. Quinna

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    Thank you so much for your input guys.

    I've been at it for quite some time now and this def answers a lot for me.

    basically I have a high budget for this project but I like building my own stuff, gives you that sense of pride, if you know what I mean. :lol:
     
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    There are a couple of nice sites have a look at rapid led and steves led, sure you will get some additional info there
     
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    I hear you but maybe also look at buying a complete unit. Build quality, warranty, support and just they have it correct already with the colours etc.
     
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    also complex features like cloud cover, storms and the moon phases which can assist in getting corals/fish to spawn
     
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    My shrimp and cardinals spawn without the fancy light functions...

    The better question is what suites your pocket?
    And whether you enjoy building thing.

    I am busy re-planning my lighting unit to get the most out of it and to make it look a bit neater
     
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    his much cheaper wold it be to build your own led unit?
     
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    I reckon that you can get away under R1000 for a 3W build of 30 led's.
     
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    Guys before you do DIY first look at what the sponsors have to offer. These days going DIY and buying from our sponsors are the same. Look at REEFAQUATICS the have a basic LED system that is well priced and good quality.
     
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